GM Announces Another Recall That Affects 1.18 Million More SUV’s for Air Bag Issue

By Peter DePaolis

According to The Washington Post, General Motors (GM) issued another new recall of 1.5 million vehicles on March 17, stating that certain SUV models have defective air bags. This is part of the fallout from GM’s first recall last month of more than 1.6 million small cars for defective engine switches. The defect is linked to 12 deaths, and GM is now facing multiple investigations into how it handled the recall.

“Something went wrong with our process in this instance, and terrible things happened,” stated GM’s CEO, Mary Barra.

GM’s new airbag recall affects the following models:

  • Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia for 2008-2013 model years
  • Chevrolet Traverse from 2009-2013 model years
  • Saturn Outlook from 2008-2010 model years
  • Chevrolet Express and GMC Savana vans from 2009-2014 model years
  • Cadillac XTS sedans from 2013-2014 model years

GM says it has not received reports of injuries related to any of the three recalls; however this contradicts publicly available complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

According to those complaints, three people were injured in a crash last April when a 2012 Buick Enclave going 45 mph was struck in the side and the air bags did not deploy. Another driver claimed an injury when an accident shattered the windows of a 2009 GMC Acadia but did not activate the air bags.

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About the Author
Peter DePaolis joined the firm in 1980 and has since represented a large number of individuals involved in automobile collisions, truck accidents, bus crashes, defective products, and medical malpractice cases. A significant portion of Mr. DePaolis’ practice is devoted to working on behalf of people suffering from asbestosis, mesothelioma, and other asbestos-related cancers. He has led his firm’s fight against the asbestos industry and has recovered over $30 million in damages for asbestos victims and their families.